Monday "Make and Take" Popsicle Stick Money

Monday, welcome back :)

Today I'm a little extra sleepy after staying up late watching the Oscars.  I do love award shows, although I think it's crazy how rich and famous people can still wear the most ugly dresses...

Anyways, on to more important things, like Monday things :)


Like Monday Make-and-Take Things :)

So, I follow the Classroom DIY Blog (super amazing collaborative blog).  And in the last few days, I've seen popsicle sticks popping up for using in the classroom (check out this post and this post for game ideas for using popsicle sticks).  So, I got inspired to make my own game using popsicle sticks.

It's a money game!  Let me walk you through it:


I used the wider popsicle sticks for more room to write on.

The idea is that students have to add 4 quarters, 2 dimes, and 3 pennies (as written on the stick) together to find out the total value.  For students just learning to work with money, you could place play money with the game so that they can use the manipulatives to help them count.  For older students, it's a great way to have them use mental math to count money in their heads.  In this game, students will look for the stick that says "start" to begin the game.


Since 4 quarter, 2 dimes, and 3 pennies equals $1.23, students look for that stick to place under the "start" stick.  Then, they look to the next set of coins on the right to add together (6D, 2N, 1P) and keep adding sticks under the preceeding one.


Students have completed the game when they've placed all sticks in the right order ending with the "Finish" stick.


And that's it!  Easy-peasy!!

Of course, the beauty of the Monday Make-and-Take games is that you can easily adapt the content of the game to meet the needs of your curriculum.  You can make the game age-appropriate for your students by adding more sticks into the mix or taking some sticks away.

Hope you can use this in your classroom soon!  As always, let me know what you think!


0 # Cindee 2013-02-27 19:14
:roll: Perfect Timing! I'm testing money on Friday so I'm going to make some of these in the morning as a review. Thanks for the idea!
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